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  1. Getting my Frugalness back - I lost it again

    by , 09-08-2014 at 11:12 AM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    I have no good excuses for my unnecessary spending this summer. DH and I seem to rationalize our poor spending choices with overtime pay I earn or extra respite hours with homecare clients we pick up. I have nothing tangible to show for the unnecessary spending and we could have put that extra money towards the emergency fund and debt repayment. Most of the wasted spending has been during our summer travels. Eating out, junk food and soda, gasoline, entertainment costs. Don't get me wrong, I've ...
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  2. Renovation Started!

    by , 09-06-2014 at 05:56 PM (Creative Call)
    It started this past week. Tuesday the contractor arrived with help and started ripping out the kitchen. It took two days. Then the electricians came. They were supposed to take one day. They were here for two and will be here for two days next week...at least. They found active knob and tube wiring throughout the house. Code says they have to remove it. Uhoh. Our renovation budget just exploded. Electricians do not come cheap.

    We picked the paint colour for the kitchen walls ...
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  3. Finished Mega Cooking

    by , 08-30-2014 at 07:46 PM (Creative Call)
    I finished my mega-cooking for the month of September in preparation for the renovation. Hubby thought he would not have to do any dishes all month. I had to enlighten him that there would be plastic storage containers and pots from side dishes that needed doing. And that we would need a bucket to put in the basement sink to wash dishes. The basement sink is disgusting. It is a cheap one and will no longer come clean.

    So...the meals made?

    • Spagheti Sauce (2 meals,
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  4. Renovation Looming Large

    by , 08-23-2014 at 06:11 PM (Creative Call)
    The kitchen renovation is looming large. DH and I rearranged the dining room to make room for the fridge and stove. DH thinks he can just switch the stove outlet around to the dining room for the duration. Hmm... I am hoping the microwave and fridge won't blow the circuit in the dining room.

    Me? I'm busy planning freezer meals to make things a lot easier. Also some crockpot meals. Next week is my last week to fill the freezer with meals for the renovation. It will be a frenzy. ...
  5. Phew!

    by , 08-14-2014 at 12:34 PM (Creative Call)
    Financial crisis averted. The second opinion on the dental work revealed it was mostly cosmetic and only one area needed a watch on it. Dentist said to come back and see him in 6 months.

    Financial planner is great! Can't go into details because we signed a confidentiality agreement, but I can say she is worth every penny. She is helping us unearth and deal with things that need serious consideration prior to retirement.

    I also decided to look at my medication this ...